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OpenSolaris kernel ported to PowerPC

updated 01:00 pm EST, Wed January 11, 2006

PowerPC OpenSolaris kernel

Developers of the OpenSolaris project have released the first for the PowerPC architecture on, bringing Mac users one step closer to running the UNIX variant on their systems. This marks the first time that part of the Solaris operating system has been publicly released for the PowerPC architecture, which drives all recently-released Macintosh systems except the late Intel Macs that began shipping yesterday. The project, codenamed "Polaris," offers developers a strong base upon which they can create a full-fledged version of Solaris for the PowerPC, according to

"This is really just a first pass," said Dennis Clarke, director of the project. "We have a kernel ported to PowerPC. It doesn't mean that we can boot it. It doesn't mean that we're running it. It simply means that we've crossed the first great leap."

by MacNN Staff




  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just in time...

    for the Intel architecture to replace PowerPC. I suppose this might eventually be useful to people (a few years from now) with "obsolete" PowerPC Macs, IF they felt a compelling need to replace one type of Unix with another.

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